GINEBRA superstar Mark Caguioa is hoping his injured right knee won’t keep him out for a long period of time.
The 6-foot-2 guard walked gingerly out of the Kings’ dugout at the Mall of Asia Arena moments after Ginebra’s season came to an end following a 101-94 loss to sister-team Petron in their PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinal playoffs Thursday night.
Team doctors feared the reigning league Most Valuable Player may have suffered a sprained MCL (medial colateral ligament) on his right knee after landing awkwardly while emerging from a baseline cut just as he was about to take a pass from backcourt mate Jayjay Helterbrand.
Caguioa also suffered the same injury on his left knee midway through the double-round eliminations of the Commissioner’s Cup last March that kept him out of action for quite some time.
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He came back and played sparingly during the best-of-five Finals against Alaska, but the Aces went on to sweep the Kings, 3-0.
“I said, ‘Oh no, not again’ when I was lying on the floor,” recalled Caguioa of what went through his mind during the moment. “I don’t know how many months I was out the last time, pero matagal siya till I got better.”
Caguioa finished the Kings’ last game of the season by scoring four points in 12 minutes of action. He left the match for good at the 8:15 mark of the second period with Ginebra trailing, 28-33.
“Now, I just got to pray and hopefully heal fast. And so by tomorrow (Friday), I’ve got to go see Dr. (Raul) Canlas. Then stay here muna because we’re only given a week off then go back to work uli,” he said.